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The wines of Southern Italy have a come a long way to catch up to those farther north in global reverence. Civilizations have dwelled here since ancient times, and some regions, because of their geographic position, have experienced numerous invasions, with cultural influences from all over. The Southern Italian wine industry has indeed been successful, but for a long time what many people got to drink wasn’t the best of what this part of the country had to offer, and it probably came from a big jug. 
The Greeks have been credited with planting some of the most famous local grapes. Falanghina, a refreshing, tropical-fruity white found in Campania was one of the grapes that made up the blend for Falernum, the most famous of Roman wines. So was Aglianico, now renowned for its versatility, ageworthyness and elegance, especially in the volcanic soils of the acclaimed DOCGs Taurasi in Campagnia and Aglianico del Vulture in Basilicata. Greco Bianco and Gaglioppo are the main Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Aglianico

      Grape: Aglianico Color: Red   Main Regions: Italy (Apulia, Basilicata, Campania).   Description...

  • Verdicchio

    Verdicchio is considered to be its native region’s most interesting white variety. Its history typifies the evolution...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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